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Wisconsin T.V. ad - Going on offense

It's time to take our campaign in Wisconsin to the next level: Offense! Today, we're launching a powerful new TV ad in Wisconsin against Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans. With your help, we can put it on TV day after day until Republicans cave. Can you take a look -- and contribute $20 to help us air it? It's powerful. It's emotional. It's real Wisconsin. Teachers. Secretaries. Electricians. All standing up and speaking about the impact this budget would have on them and their families. Watch the ad and please contribute $20 right now to keep the ad on the air as long as possible. This isn't the only way we're turning up the heat on Wisconsin Senate Republicans. Together with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, we're pulling out all the stops to back up the people of Wisconsin and protect middle class families. Yesterday, we launched robo-calls in the districts of five Republican state senators, asking voters whether they would support recalling their senator from office for supporting Gov. Walker's war on working families. That's over 50,000 in-district calls and the response has been incredible. Now this ad will continue to turn up the heat on Governor Walker and all the Senate Republicans just as recent polls are already showing their support declining and their negative's climbing. This new TV ad may be our best ever. Please take a look and contribute $20 right now to keep it on TV. Thank you for taking action today to stop the war on working families.
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WI Robocall Release

Wisconsin Teacher Records Robo-call Targeting Republican Senators Vulnerable to Recall Today, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America launched joint robocalls in the districts of five Republican state senators three immediately vulnerable to a recall plus Senate President Michael Ellis and Sen. Dale Schultz (SD 17), who are vulnerable in a year. In the robocall to 50,000 voters, New London school teacher and PCCC member Aimee Auer holds Republican senators accountable for supporting Governor Walker's attacks on working families and asks voters whether they would be open to recalling their local senator. The PCCC and DFA have over 45,000 local members in Wisconsin who could be mobilized around such a recall. Auer is a constituent of Sen. Luther Olsen (SD 14). Other senators whose constituents are getting calls are Sen. Dale Schultz (SD 17), Sen. Robert L. Cowles (SD 2), Sen. Dan Kapanke (SD 32), and Sen. Mike Ellis (SD 19). "Here in Wisconsin we are sending a message to our Republican senators," said Ron Biendseil, a Democracy For America member from Middleton. "We will not be bullied by Gov. Walker's unfair attempt to attack workers and take away our rights -- and if the Republicans go along with Walker, they will be looking for new jobs sooner than they think." The transcript of one of the calls, which will run this week, is available below. #### See robocall here: http://bit.ly/eXTBYL TRANSCRIPT: Hi, this is Aimee -- a school teacher from New London. I'm calling from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America with a quick question. Governor Scott Walker, Luther Olsen and other Republican politicians just gave 117 million dollars to corporations in tax cuts. And now they are asking underpaid teachers and nurses to pay for it. That's just wrong. Republicans are also trying to take away the right of people like me to negotiate for fair pay and benefits. Our Senator, Luther Olsen is one of them. Some voters are talking about recalling him from office and replacing him with someone else. Press 1 if you would be open to recalling him if he keeps this up. Press 2 if you wouldn't be. Great. Thank you! If you want to help, the best thing you can do is join thousands of Wisconsin voters and call your state Senator. We're telling him to stop supporting Governor Walker's attacks on working families -- and if he doesn't, a recall is on the table. To be connected to his office, press "1" now. If you cant call right now, press 2." Thanks for your time. This call has been paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee [phone] and Democracy for America [phone]. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. ABOUT PROGRESSIVE CHANGE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BoldProgressives.org) elects bold progressive candidates to office and advocates for progressive policy issues. It has over 700,000 members -- including nearly 22,000 in Wisconsin. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up including over 25,000 in Wisconsin www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Advisory for Brown Release

******MEDIA ADVISORY****** DFA to Host Live Web Call with Sen. Sherrod Brown and Nancy Altman from Social Security Works to Discuss Progressive Budget Strategy With Short Term Compromise to Extend Budget Deadline, Progressives Strategize on How to Pass a Budget that Protects the Middle Class WHAT: Live call with DFA members, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Nancy Altman, Co-Director of Social Security Works to strategize on budget in next few weeks. WHEN: Tues. March 1 at 8PM EST CALL IN NUMBER: 1-877-669-3239 Access Code: 314 506 617 WHY: "With Republicans taking a slash-and-burn approach to vital programs that will create jobs and support working people, it is critical right now to make sure that the Senate passes a responsible budget," said Sen. Sherrod Brown. "While it appears that a government shutdown is not imminent, we must use this time to make sure the budget does not protect wealthy corporate interests at the expense of middle class America." ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Meet Mia's Mom

A message from DFA Chief of Staff, Mia Moore: I'd like to introduce you to my mom, Dee. As a speech pathologist with the Milwaukee Public Schools, she helps kids learn how to talk. Sometimes these kids struggle because of a birth defect, sometimes it's because the kids have special developmental needs. In more than 35 years, my mom's helped over 700 kids, devoting herself to figuring out exactly what each child needs to learn how to talk and then patiently working with them day by day and week by week. Each time we chat, she's got a new story about one of the kids she's working with and the progress he's made. And she absolutely lights up when she tells it, I can hear it through the phone. Please stand with my mom and thousands more like her in our virtual march in solidarity with Wisconsin's unions. Governor Walker's attacks on hard-working, devoted teachers like my mom are outrageous, teachers' salaries are not the reason the state of Wisconsin has a budget crisis. And his actions have driven teachers' morale to the lowest it's been since my mom's been working with Milwaukee Public Schools. My mom wrote me last night to say thanks to DFA for supporting Wisconsin, and I wanted to share her gratitude with you. It's been a big boost to her and her friends. For 25 years, her teachers' union has accepted wage increases that barely match the rate of inflation in order to maintain quality health insurance and pension benefits when they retire. They've negotiated in good faith with their school board and Governor Walker is now using dictatorial tactics to wipe it away. We can't let this happen. Please join the march and stand in solidarity with my mom today. Thanks for everything you do. -Mia Mia Moore, Chief of Staff Democracy for America
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Speaker Boehner: Wrong Answer

Talking Points Memo reports that at a press conference this morning, Speaker John Boehner was asked a rather obvious question based on this point: If House Republicans succeed in cutting tens of billions of dollars in discretionary spending over the next six months, some of the most immediate victims will be federal employees, many of whose jobs will be slashed as their agencies pare back. You know what his answer was? "So be it." Yup, that's right. If the Republican budget cuts cost Americans their jobs, the Republican response is "so be it." It's time for progressives to offer a real alternative. America needs to know what we stand for, what makes Democrats different from Republicans, and our vision for moving America forward. Join me in calling on Democrats to fight for a progressive budget that has no cuts to vital programs, invests in jobs, and makes the rich and corporations pay their fair share. ADD YOUR NAME NOW The budget fight is just beginning and it's going to be a big one. Republicans are claiming they'll shut the government down if they don't get their way. They're willing to cost even more Americans their jobs -- just so Republicans can make a political point in an attempt to hold Obama hostage. What Republicans don't understand is if Democrats stand together, we'll win this fight. The majority of America is on our side. 1) NO CUTS TO VITAL PROGRAMS Americans don't want cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare, and others that keep seniors out of poverty and helps the struggling middle class. Republicans are even going after the WIC program which provides supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Are they serious? I guess, if more babies die in America because of lack of food, John Boehner's response will be "So be it." 2) INVEST IN JOBS Americans want strategic investments in jobs and job creation because and getting more people back to work is actually the best way to reduce the deficit. The President said it best when he unveiled his suggested investments in job creation earlier this week: "We also have a responsibility to invest in those things that are absolutely critical to preparing our people and our Nation for the economic competition of our time. We do this by investing in and reforming education and job training so that all Americans have the skills necessary to compete in the global economy. We do this by encouraging American innovation and investing in research and development -- especially in the job-creating industries of tomorrow such as clean energy. We do this by rebuilding America's infrastructure so that U.S. companies can ship their products and ideas from every corner in America to anywhere in the world." 3) EVERYONE PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE Middle class Americans and the poor are sick of carrying all the weight when Washington talks about "shared sacrifice." It's time to make sure that every American pays their fair share and that means repealing the tax cuts for the rich and ending big business subsidies to industries already making millions in net profits. We must fight to end government subsidies to companies who like Exxon/Mobil have record breaking profits while paying next to nothing in corporate taxes. ADD YOUR NAME TODAY This will be a fight and we won't get everything we want -- but we absolutely must fight. Because win or lose, Americans must see Democrats fighting for them in Washington. It's time to stand up and expose Republicans for caring more about defeating Obama than creating jobs. And if exposing Republicans for who they are costs Speaker John Boehner his job, then so be it.
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